Great Rustic Pikey party here last night. Well, to be honest it wasn't a proper RP party because it was Mr RP's sister's engagement do and they just used the premises. This is actually ideal because it means limited preparation and outlay and all the fun of a gathering. Plus there are added benefits of the control of the music and getting to keep the leftovers.

I might put a party section on the proper site in due course because of the importance of a good RP knees up, but here are a few pointers to be going on with:

1. There is nothing worse than cleaning up the next day after a party with an over-hang so in order to minimise mess - use disposable plates, cutlery etc. Put several bins around so RP guests use them instead of leaving them around for you to collect up next day. Note - paper plates are good for burning. Also put a few recycling boxes around for empties.

2. Make sure there are plenty of ash trays. The Rustic Pikey has numerous large ones acquired from various sources (mainly beer gardens) but terracotta plant pots filled with sand are good for the garden.

3. Do any food in advance to avoid missing valuable drinking time at the party.

4. Make good use of leftovers. Even if they are only going to the RP dog, ferret and chickens it still gives you a day or so of free feed.

5. Keep some booze aside for the following day's clear up operation. If you heed 1 and 2, it shouldn't be too bad but it is a lot less evil when you can enjoy a hair of the dog. You may not feel like heading out to purchase more drink, so a small readily available supply put by can be a god-send.

6. Keep pikelets out of the way if possible, but on some occasions it may be necessary to include them (like last night). Keep them busy with a few jobs - for example collecting rubbish for burning. They can also look after any RP dogs attending.

7. Be prepared to make some allowances if you are allowing use of the RP residence to others for a "third party" party... For example, at the engagement, a lot of pink balloons turned up (although they were illuminated which lessened the blow) and pink decorations including rose petals, glitter, bubbles and banners. These are not RP, but sometimes you have to live and let live. After a few drinks they become very much more acceptable and even fun. The RP dog enjoys bursting balloons.

8. The aim of the RP party is to create a pub type atmosphere. This can be achieved easily in a proper RP abode although some rejigging of the furniture can be needed. A bar type vibe can be created by using several groups of tables and chairs each lit by candles in bottles. As a RP you will have plenty of bar equipment to create an authentic feel. 

And that is pretty much it for this evening because The Rustic Pikey is knackered!

 
 


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